Low Cost Packed Lunch Ideas for Kids- Put Your Leftovers to Use

Leftover Packed Lunch

Every year we throw away 7.2 million tonnes of food and drink. That equates to £680 of our family budget that we could be saving!

Ever thrown away food because it’s passed its best-before date or because you’ve overestimated your clan’s appetites and prepared too much? It’s something we all do, every week of the year. But with the right know-how you can turn that food waste around, save more, spend less and eat better.

With three children under 13 years of age, believe me when I say over the years, I have  tried and tested many easy family recipes and found ones that the kids love and I know they will be happy to have for school lunches.

Here’s a taster of how you can revamp your family meals and jazz up your kids’ lunchboxes with these yummy, easy and inspiring money-saving packed lunch ideas for kids.

5 Top Tips for a Packed Lunch

1. Homemade dip

Make a really simple, tasty and healthy dip for your kid’s lunchbox. Use leftover roasted red pepper and feta. Kids will love dipping in pita triangles, breadsticks or even raw veg.

2. Potato salad

Whizz up this lunchbox idea with very few ingredients. Use leftover boiled potatoes and add cubed ham and Dijon mustard for a flavoursome treat. If you’ve got any spare spring onions or cooked peas, why not throw them in with some mayo for a super tasty potato salad.

3. Sliced ham and cheese toasted fingers

If you have leftover roast ham combine with a few slices of cheese and toasted bread. Cut up into fingers or fun shapes for your kids’ to enjoy. Simple! I add a dab of mustard and some mayo for extra flavour.

4. Mini chilli

Use leftovers to create a mini chilli with crunchy tortilla chips and dip that your kids will adore. Delicious! Simply heat up in the morning and place in a thermos for your cherubs to take to school.

Alternatively, you can make a pizza topping on some toasted ciabatta, simply place tomato puree for the base, add the chilli and some melted cheese and you’re good to go.

5. Plan ahead

Meal planning can save you £££s as you won’t be wasting money on uneaten grub but instead stretching your meals by using any leftovers to create new and exciting packed lunch ideas for kids.